By Olatunji Omirin, Maiduguri
The Simba Group, distributors of TVS King tricycles in collaboration with Borno State government, has trained a total of 600 tricycle (Keke) riders and stakeholders to curb road accidents in the state.
The Convener, State Branch Manager(Simba TVS WANDEL) Mr. Sajid Saifai told Daily Trust after a 2-days intensive training, theme:”Ride Safe Programme held in Maiduguri at weekend that they are worries over increased roads accidents which necessitated the training.
He noted that they would continue advocate and creating awareness on road rules and regulations among the general public.
“As a company we have seen and heard so many cases of Keke Napep road accidents and majority of these accidents could have been avoided if the Keke operators were trained on rules and regulations of riding on the roads. As the number one manufacturers of Tricycles in Nigeria,we felt there is need to train the riders so as to reduce road accidents caused by the operators. We will continue to train the operators until the safe.
“With the joint effort of the Ministry of Transport, Simba Group, came up with this training initiative so as to curb road accidents in the state.The training includes the road signs and regulations both anchored by Ministry of Transport and SIMBA Group.
“So far,more than 600 keke napep riders have been trined on how to observed the safety measures. After the training and certificates are issued to all the participants. The training was champion by SIMBA TVS in collaboration with Ministry of Transport and Vehicles Inspection Officers(VIO). Two batches of 20 riders are trained both in practicals and theoretically,” he said.
Saifai stressed that the Road Safe training program is done monthly at the last week of the every month and it is tagged as Safety Week.
“It is our sincere desire to see an accident free roads in the state and this is the little we are contributing to the State so as to have safer roads viathis positive initiative.
“Since commencement of the training over a year ago,there has been significant reduction in accidents the metropolis.The riders have been seen taking precautionary measure while plying the road.”Saifai said.
The State Commissioner Ministry of Transport Dr. Abubakar Tijani who was represented by Permanent Secretary Engineer Baba Gana expressed his gratitude for the training described as timely intervention.
“We are deeply grateful for this gestures, we are concerned over raod accidents in the metro but this will go a long way to reduce or curb it. This training is very timely and we urge all the paticipants to ensure they adhere to all they have been thought.” Eng Baba can’t said.
He warned Keke napep operators that the Borno state government would not tolerate careless and reckless driving in the state.